The past decade has brought significant changes to Front Street East and the surrounding area. The development of the Distillery District in the mid 2000s brought new high-end commercial, residential, and public spaces to the east side of Downtown Toronto, while the 2015 Pan and Parapan Am Games acted as a catalyst for the long-overdue redevelopment of the West Don Lands. Back on October 9, 2005, the view facing east from the roof of Market Square overlooked the mid-rise apartments of the St. Lawrence neighbourhood.

Throwback Thursday, Market Square, Front Street East, TorontoView facing east from the roof of Market Square, October 2005, image by Edward Skira

A decade later, several new additions are now visible from the same vantage point. On the right side of the image below, Clear Spirit and The Gooderham can be seen in the Distillery District. In the centre, one of the green mehanical penthouse levels at Canary District Condos can be seen in the distance. Just left of centre, two tower cranes are working away at the site of the Globe and Mail Centre, with the upper levels of the recently-topped off King + Condos visible to the left.

Throwback Thursday, Market Square, Front Street East, TorontoView facing east from the roof of Market Square, September 2015, image by Marcus Mitanis

We will return next week with another look at the changing face of Toronto!